Hooking Up Retailers With WirelessBy Joseph C. Panettieri | Print
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As retailers turn to Wi-Fi technology, more turn to systems integrators for help.Across the United States, retail chains, grocery stores and restaurants are deploying Wi-Fi networks and, in so doing, speeding up customer purchases, improving inventory management and raising employee productivity.
Now, for the twist: To do it, most retail businesses are turning to specialized Wi-Fi partners for deploymentpartners that have expertise in vertical-market application developmentinstead of traditional network resellers and integrators. In other words, when it comes to retail and wirelesshot-spot integrators and commodity resellers need not apply.
Just ask The Home Depot Inc., which is rolling out 39,500 wireless bar-code scanners from Symbol Technologies Inc., of Holtsville, N.Y. The devices, which resemble small sci-fi laser guns, allow cashiers to roam up to 150 feet from point-of-sale registers to complete transactions and assist shoppers.